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Travel stories and customs from around the world that might just make you smile. From strange signs to in-depth interviews about the importance of engineering in sparkly circus bras, this collection of travel stories, photographs and videos from Inside the Travel Lab should just brighten up your day…

Ziplining in Antigua

Short and sweet this week as I race to finish this book! Nearly there! And […]

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Reed Flute Finale

13 Things Travel Taught Me in 2013

Sometimes I feel very lucky. Lucky to have been born in a certain part of […]

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And To All A Good Night…

For the last couple of years I spent December beneath the sparkling lights of the […]

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Swedish Christmas Candles

Need A Dose of Christmas Cheer?

Twas the night quite a few weeks before Christmas and all through the house, Not […]

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Hitting the Road: The Great Ocean Road

It’s a blasphemous journey I’m about to embark upon. “There aren’t twelve apostles,” for a […]

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Melbourne and the Big Bad Mo

Barely a full moon ago, I wrote about the importance of a woman’s hair, sparked […]

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Central Amalfi

When Life Hands You Lemons…

Lemons. They’re all over the place in the narrow streets of olive and stone-soaked Amalfi. […]

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7 Things To Do With A Volcano – Visit Volcanoes in Japan

Japan is a land of volcanoes. Around 200 in fact. They hubble and bubble and […]

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Budapest baths

The 50 Best Travel Websites

I’ve spent the best part of the day zig-zagging through various travel websites, trying to […]

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Beer Can Regatta Crocodile

Darwin’s Beer Can Regatta

Spain has the Tomatina, Britain has cheese-rolling and Texas has rodeo. Step forward Australia, with […]

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Water Puppets and Bringing Vietnam to Life

In the beginning, there was… A dragon. Well, at least a dragon king from the […]

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Scarlet shoes, Shoe Museum, Toronto

Surprising Shoes: The Toronto Shoe Museum

Let’s get this out of the way before we start. I am not a shoe […]

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Un Aller Retour A La Rochelle

Picture the scene: 30 books open at the same page, a scattering of scarlet gingham […]

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Buffalo and Yacht Hong Kong

The Beach with the Buffalo, Hong Kong

Lantau, Hong Kong On Lantau Island at the mouth of the Pearl River, the buffalo […]

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Tulips in Amsterdam

Yes, this is supposed to be a site about unusual journeys and, yes, tulips in Amsterdam are about as unusual as finding a long queue and a surly stare at airport security. But…

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Inside the Travel Lab Map


Over 2000 years ago, the Babylonians carved their world into the Imago Mundi map of stone. In 1499, Juan de la Cosa risked his life…

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Abi next to Termite Mound

Magnetic Termite Mounds – An Unexpected Attraction

Ah, how the science of language confounds us. Three words, two feelings. At least that’s […]

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James Bond Bikinis

50 Years of Bond

Before you read this post, I want to make sure you’ve got the right kind […]

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Moving house crab in the Maldives

Moving House…

Today I moved house. And as I clamber over cardboard boxes in search of tea […]

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Verona in the rain travel photo

Photos from a Rainy Day

somewhere between the squelchy feet and droplet-splattered lens I managed to find a few photos to fall in love with. Europe. You may be wet and wild in …

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